Government Relations Committee Chair
ISCA’s Government Relations Committee Chair is Corey Trainer, an elementary counselor at Oskaloosa Community Schools. .
ISCA maintains a vigorous program of government relations. The association believes that students benefit when counselors successfuly advocate on state and federal legislative issues related to students and school counseling.
Visit the Hill
One of the ways ISCA talks to legislators is by visiting the Iowa Capitol each year. Plans are already in the works for February 2014. The goals of this annual event are to:
- learn about state government issues that concern educators working with students in the transition process,
- hear from affected students, counseling educators and state legislators about solutions to the decline in qualified guidance counselors,
- hear from affected students, financial aid and educational professionals about funding issues students face in paying for postsecondary education – financial aid, funding for higher education institutions,
- lobby your legislator for the legislation and resources we need to provide a successful transition to higher education for all of Iowa’s students
Lobbying your legislator
If you would like to become more of an advocate but can't leave work to attend Visit the Hill, there are still effective ways to lobby your legislator. Check out this useful guide: How to Lobby: A Citizens Guide.
What's happening in the General Assembly
Learn the current status of bills currently making their way through the legislative process by visiting the Iowa General Assembly home page.
Follow legislative committees, learn about their membership, track bills they are working on at the committee home page.